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Bradley L. Merner
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Assistant Professor

Research Areas - Organic

Office: 362 Chemistry Building

Lab: 331 Chemistry Building

Phone: (334) 844-6910
Fax: (334) 844- 6959
E-Mail: blm0022@auburn.edu

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Education

Memorial University, Ph.D
2010
Université de Montréal, Postdoctoral Fellow
2013


Professional Employment

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Auburn University
August 2013- present
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Université de Montréal
2009-2013


Honors and Awards

Memorial University Entrance Scholarship
2000
Parsons and Sons Scholarship for Excellence in AP Chemistry
2000
D.A. Andrews Memorial Scholarship for Physics
2000
Sobeys Inc. Scholarship
2000-2004
Dean of Science Honors List
2000-2004
Murray Brooker Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry
2002-2003
Memorial University Faculty of Science Lou Visentin Award
2004
University of Ottawa Travel Award National Undergraduate Chemistry Conference
2004
Sepracor Canada Award
2004
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship: PGS D3
2005-2008
Memorial University School of Graduate Studies Dean's Excellence Award
2005-2008
Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University
2008


Research and Teaching Interests

The central theme of our group’s research program is target-oriented chemical synthesis (vide infra).  Under this vastly defined area, our group will concentrate on the synthesis of architecturally complex molecules that are relevant to medicinal chemistry and nanoscale science.  We are interested in the synthesis of natural products, analogues thereof, nucleic acid modifications that can be used as gene silencing therapeutics, and curved aromatic systems that will serve as molecular templates in the bottom-up chemical synthesis of carbon nanotubes (CNTs).  Deeply rooted in all of the synthesis projects carried out in our laboratories will be the development of new synthetic technologies that address current weaknesses that exist in the arena of chemical synthesis.  It is hoped that this vision will facilitate the discovery of new, powerful synthetic disconnections that can ultimately be used to streamline synthetic approaches to bioactive compounds, enable analogue synthesis of more potent medicines, and improve the current state of the art for CNT synthesis.

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Graduate students interested in joining the group should apply directly to graduate program at Auburn University within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Interested undergraduate students should send an E-mail to blm0022@auburn.edu or stop by my office to arrange a meeting.

All interested postdoctoral applications should include a current CV, copies of relevant publications, a concise summary of research experience (up to 5 pages), and at least two letters of recommendation sent under a separate cover.   These can be sent via E-mail to: blm0022@auburn.edu



Selected Publications

Mitra, N. K.; Meudom, R.; Gorden, J. D.; Merner, B. L. Org. Lett. 2015ASAP [DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b01102]
    - Selected as ACS Editor’s Choice Article (open access)
    - Selected for ACS LiveSlides presentation

Salinas, J. C.; Migawa, M. T.; Merner, B. L.; Hanessian, S. J. Org. Chem. 201479, 11651-11660.

Design and Strategy in Organic Synthesis: From the Chiron Approach to Catalysis, Hanessian, S., Giroux, S.; Merner, B. L., Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2013 [ISBN 978-3-527-31964-0].

Hanessian, S.; Schroeder, B. R.; Giacometti, R. D; Merner, B. L.; Østergaard, M. E.; Swayze, E.; Seth, P. PAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201251, 11242-11245.
    - Selected by the Editor as the Feature Communication (frontispiece) in issue 45.







Last updated: 05/26/2016